As a parent, you know it’s not easy to raise low-tech children in today’s media-saturated age. Mobile devices, such as tablets, laptops, and smartphones are frequently and regularly used by most people—even by kids. Although some parents say that total abstinence from gadgets is almost impossible, especially with the convenience they provide, it’s possible to limit your kids’ usage while still reaping the benefits of these devices. Here are some parenting tips to help you with that.
- Encourage Sharing Among Your Kids
As much as possible, do not buy your kids individual tablets. Although this may cause bickering at some point, it also means limited time for each child to use the device, which is your goal to raising a less tech-dependent child. You can also use this opportunity to teach your kids the value of sharing.
- Exercise Parental Control
Installing apps is quite easy, even for younger children, so make sure you have control over your children’s gadget. Before installing any app, take it for a test drive first. This allows you to evaluate whether an app is kid-friendly or not. Common Sense Media is one of the best websites that rates books, movies, TV shows, music games, and apps according to how appropriate they are for children. You can use this website to help you evaluate and look for apps that are appropriate for kids.
- Set a Schedule
Whether your child has his own gadget or borrows yours, limit the time he can use it. Experts recommend a maximum of two hours for children ages three to eight, but feel free to reduce the time as you see fit. Whatever schedule you agreed upon with your children, make sure that they understand it and be vigilant in making sure that such rule is followed.
- Be a Good Example
This is perhaps the most difficult tip among the four. If your kids can see you spending lesser time with your gadgets, it’ll be easier for them to do the same. When you put down your gadgets and choose to spend time with your children doing other activities, such as doing crafts, reading books, or playing, you’re also encouraging them to forget about using their tablets and that person-to-person interaction is still more valuable than being glued to their gadgets.
Technology have undoubtedly provided many benefits and changed how we do things. However, while these devices are essential for adults, the same can’t be said for children. Children need various kinds of physical and mental activities, which are essential for their growth, and spending too much time on gadgets may this development. Like everything else though, moderation is the key. Supervise the use of gadgets by using the aforementioned tips, and you will never have to worry about your kids being excessively dependent on technology.